Justin Blackmon

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Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon post-game interview.jpg
Blackmon with Oklahoma State in 2011
No. 14     Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Oceanside, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Ardmore (OK) Plainview
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 2012 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2013
Receptions 93
Yards 1,280
Touchdowns 6
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Carl Blackmon (born January 9, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State where he was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Jaguars fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1][2] After playing a full rookie season with the Jaguars, he was suspended twice during 2013 for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He is currently under indefinite suspension for his latest violations, and the Jaguars have said publicly that it is unlikely he will be reinstated during the 2014 season.

Early years[edit]

Blackmon was born in Oceanside, California. He attended Plainview High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma,[3] where he caught 61 passes covering 1,547 yards as a senior with 14 touchdowns. Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Blackmon was listed as the No. 91 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2008.[4]

In addition to football, Blackmon also lettered one season in track and field for the Plainview High School track team in 2008. He won the state title in the long jump with a leap of 6.96 meters, and also finished second in the high jump.[5]

He was also clocked at 49.2 seconds in the 400 meters.[6]

College career[edit]

Blackmon received an athletic scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University, where he played for coach Mike Gundy's Oklahoma State Cowboys football team from 2008 to 2011. He was redshirted as a true freshman in 2008, but quickly earned a starting position in 2009. He was named the 2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the first receiver to earn the honor.[7] He was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver,[8] and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[9] Blackmon also holds the NCAA records for most consecutive games gaining 100 yards or more and most games gaining 200 yards or more.[10] Statistically, Blackmon caught 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games during the 2010 regular season and also added a pair of scores with a 69-yard run and a blocked punt return. This performance earned him the 15th-best season in NCAA history.[11]

Blackmon in 2011

Blackmon finished the 2011 regular season with 121 catches for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns. He led the Big 12 in receiving and ranked second nationally in both receptions per game and total receptions. His 15 touchdown catches led the league and represented the third-highest total in the nation. Following his 2010 sophomore season, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[9] Despite the extreme defensive game plans geared specifically at stopping him, he emerged as the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver for the second consecutive season; former Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree is the only other player to win the Biletnikoff Award twice.[12]

Blackmon announced at the 2012 Fiesta Bowl that he would declare for the NFL draft that year. He caught 8 passes for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game.[13] He was also named the 2012 Fiesta Bowl offensive MVP.[14]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Blackmon decided not to participate in any workouts at the NFL Combine, but he managed to erase questions about his long speed at the Oklahoma State Pro Day.[15] He was considered the best wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft, and was predicted to go early in the first round.[1][16] He has been compared to Anquan Boldin and Terrell Owens.[17] He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth pick in the first round of the draft. Jacksonville traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to draft him, exchanging their number seven selection and a fourth round pick for Tampa Bay's spot.[2] Blackmon is the highest selected Oklahoma State Cowboy since Barry Sanders in 1989.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 207 lb 32½ in 9¼ in 4.46 s 1.53 s 2.60 s 4.38 s 7.13 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in 14 reps
All values from Oklahoma State Pro Day.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2012–present)[edit]

2012[edit]

Blackmon scored his first career touchdown on November 4, 2012 against the Detroit Lions. On November 18, in a game against the Houston Texans, Blackmon had seven receptions for 236 yards. The 236 yards were third-most for an NFL rookie and the most since Jerry Rice as well as the second-most in a game in franchise history, trailing only 291 yards by Jimmy Smith in a September 2000 game at the Baltimore Ravens. Blackmon also combined with Andre Johnson (273 yards on 14 receptions) to have the most receiving yards in a game by two players on different teams.[18][19] Blackmon finished his 2012 campaign with 64 receptions and 865 yards receiving, both of which led all NFL rookies. Blackmon also led all rookie WR's in first downs. His 81 yard touchdown reception against Houston was the longest pass completion to any rookie.

2013[edit]

On July 5, 2013, Blackmon underwent groin surgery. The Jaguars placed Blackmon on the PUP list in which he missed training camp and the start of the preseason. Blackmon returned to the active roster and practiced on August 12. In his first game back from suspension, Blackmon caught 5 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. His next game, against the Denver Broncos, he had 14 catches for 190 yards.[20] On November 1, 2013, Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He may apply to return before the 2014 season.[21]

Banned substance abuse and suspensions[edit]

On April 20, 2013, Blackmon received a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.[22] He missed the first four games of the Jaguars' 2013 regular season.

On November 1, 2013, Blackmon received an indefinite suspension for again violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.[23] He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the 2014 season.

On May 2, 2014, Jaguars GM David Caldwell announced that it was unlikely that Blackmon would join the team for the 2014 season. Blackmon was arrested on July 23, 2014 in Edmond, Oklahoma for possession of marijuana.

Legal troubles[edit]

Blackmon was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol by a Payne County sheriff's deputy in Stillwater, Oklahoma on June 3, 2012, and was released later that day. He was previously arrested for DUI in Texas in 2010, and was suspended for one game by the Oklahoma State coaching staff.[24] Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 23, 2014.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NFL Draft - 2013 WR Draft Prospects". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Jaguars trade up, select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon with 5th pick in NFL draft". The Washington Post. Associated Press. April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tramel, Jimmie (2010-12-23). "OSU's Justin Blackmon: The pride of Plainview". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Wide receivers 2008". Rivals.com. January 16, 2008. 
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  7. ^ Chatmon, Brandon (December 1, 2010). "OSU’s Justin Blackmon makes history as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year". The Oklahoman. 
  8. ^ Chatmon, Brandon (10 December 2010). "OSU’s Justin Blackmon, Dan Bailey win national awards". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  9. ^ a b 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "List of NCAA football records (individual)". en.wikipedia.org. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Blackmon Wins Biletnikoff Award". okstate.com. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Blackmon Earns Unanimous All-America Status". okstate.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ NFL.com news: Blackmon: 'Time to go,' apply for entry into 2012 NFL Draft
  14. ^ Luck who? Blackmon steals the spotlight
  15. ^ Thomas, Jim (March 10, 2012). "Blackmon impresses in 40-yard dash at pro day". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  16. ^ Banks, Don (March 23, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft has Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin going in first two picks". SI.com. 
  17. ^ Bunting, Wes (March 10, 2012). "Is Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon now a top 5 pick?". National Football Post. 
  18. ^ "Jaguars, Texans put up big numbers on Sunday". actionnewsjax.com. November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (November 18, 2012). "Wrap-up: Texans 43, Jaguars 37 (OT)". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Justin Blackmon - Jacksonville Jaguars - 2013 Player Profile". Rotoworld.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Jaguars' Justin Blackmon suspended, will miss season". NFL.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Blackmon suspension "disappointing," Caldwell says". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars' Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely". NFL.com. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  24. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (June 4, 2012). "Justin Blackmon arrested for DUI". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  25. ^ Wesseling, Chris (July 24, 2014). "Justin Blackmon arrested for marijuana possession". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 

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